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Man sentenced for role in large-scale heroin drug ring

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 12:29 PM


            Erick Segura
Erick Segura

TROY – A Tipp City man who pleaded guilty to 34 felonies including drug trafficking and money laundering in what prosecutors said was a large-scale operation bringing heroin and methamphetamines into the Dayton area was sentenced today to 10 years in prison.

Erick Segura, 24, pleaded guilty to the charges in March as part of a plea deal with Miami County prosecutors, who agreed to recommend the 10 years.

He could have received up to 109 years in prison after pleading to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity; carrying a concealed weapon; possession of marijuana; possession of methamphetamines; two counts of possession of heroin; two counts of money laundering; and 25 counts of trafficking in heroin.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Jeannine Pratt in county Common Pleas Court.

Segura said he let his wife and children down and knew the day in court was coming since initial arrests in the investigation in 2013.

Erick Segura was among eight people indicted by a county grand jury last year and accused of smuggling large quantities of drugs in Miami and surrounding counties in 2013. Sheriff Dave Duchak said the investigation included execution of search warrants in Miami, Montgomery and Clark counties and examination of documents including bank records.

Four of those indicted were arrested and four remain at large.

Segura relatives – brother Mario Segura, 32, and Erick’s wife, Aleesha Segura, 22 – also were charged and remain in jail. They have pleaded not guilty. Jose Barajas, 34, formerly of Huber Heights, pleaded guilty to four felony charges March 21, as part of a plea deal in which three years in prison was recommended. He will be sentenced May 2.

Erick Segura also agreed to the forfeiture of two vehicles, allegedly purchased with proceeds from drug trafficking. They were a 2008 Chrysler 300 and a 2007 GMC Sierra. NANCY BOWMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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Springfield man accused of choking woman driving with baby in car

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:47 AM

A collection of crime stories from SNS.

A Springfield man is facing charges in connection with a Sunday night incident during which he is accused of grabbing a wheel of a car from the passenger seat and almost causing an accident with a baby in the car.

Jasean Fleming, 18, is charged with child endangering, domestic abuse and obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty during an appearance on Monday, and his bond was set at $3,500.

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Police began their investigation when they were flagged down by two women standing on a sidewalk in front of a home on the 800 block of East Street, according to a police affidavit filed with the charges.

“Officers exited the vehicle to see what was going on when the defendant, later identified as Jasen L. Fleming, exited the vehicle and took off on foot southbound behind the residence,” the affidavit says.

Jasean Fleming(Staff Writer)

Officers gave chase and eventually caught up with him, the affidavit says. The officers returned to the women, the affidavit says, and were told that the three had been in the same car along with a baby.

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They said the driver and Fleming got into an argument during which he demanded she pull the car over, but she refused.

“(The driver) advised at this time Mr. Fleming began to grab the wheel as she was driving, causing her to lose control of the vehicle while still in motion,” the report says.

The driver was able to pull the car safely to the curb, the report says.

A witness who was in the car said Fleming also grabbed the driver by her throat during the argument, the affidavit says.

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The affidavit says there were no visible injuries on the driver, but Fleming was arrested because of the allegations.

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Deputy injured, suspect in custody after 2-hour standoff in Champaign Co.

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:43 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

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One person is in custody and a deputy was injured after a police standoff that occurred in Champaign County Sunday evening.

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Officials were called to a residence near the 100 block of East Dallas Road for a complaint around 6 p.m. When deputies arrived, a man, unrelated to the complaint call, ran, prompting officials to chase after him. 

A struggle with one of the deputies occurred after they caught up with the suspect. The deputy was hit in the forehead, reportedly with handcuffs, causing injury, officials said.

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With the officer down, the suspect ran inside a house on East Dallas Road with handcuffs on, barricading himself.  

Police were in a standoff outside the house for over two hours, using a bullhorn urging to get the man to come outside. He eventually was brought out of the residence in handcuffs.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

There were more than 20 cruisers and fire vehicles at the scene, blocking the road at U.S. 68.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Man arrested in night club double homicide ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:51 PM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @8:44 p.m.: The man arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred outside Rick’s Jazz Club has been identified.

James A. Davison, 24, was booked in Montgomery County Jail on two preliminary counts of murder Monday afternoon.

He is due in court Tuesday, according to the jail’s website.

Davison has a third charge, a misdemeanor for failure to appear and is due in court Wednesday.

UPDATE @ 6:23 p.m. (April 23): A 24-year-old male has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in the weekend shooting at a Dayton jazz club. 

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The man was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Dovetree Boulevard in Moraine, a Dayton police spokeswoman confirmed Monday afternoon. 

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on one count of murder, according to Sgt. Mike Godsey.

Dayton Police Detectives and the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office will meet to present the case and discuss formal charges, Godsey said.

The suspect’s name has not been released. 

According to some Web directories, the business where the shooting occurred is listed as Rick Jazz Lab.

Godsey said the public, the F.B.I. and the U.S. Marshals Service helped make the arrest possible.

We’ll update this report as we learn more.

Police said one person was taken into custody at a Moraine apartment complex in connection to the fatal shooting of two people outside a Dayton nightclub. (Chuck Hamlin/Staff)

FIRST REPORT (April 21):

Two people killed in a shooting outside a Dayton nightclub early Saturday have been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The shooting happened outside Rick’s Jazz Club located in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue  around 3:40 a.m.
The victims were a couple and had just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said at a vigil held Sunday evening.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, said Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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Middletown police chief responds to mother’s allegation of officer misconduct

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Mother says her son was beat up by Middletown police officers

A mother’s post on Facebook that her son feared for his life during an arrest by Middletown police was “blown out of proportion,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said.

In a Facebook post attributed to LaShandra R. Tatum, Isaiah Elliott’s son, she wrote: “Middletown police did this to my son after he was in handcuffs begging for his life. He said he thought he was going to die and he kept saying yes sir to the officers. The officer touched his gun and told my son I will smoke you!!!! The prayers of the righteous availeth much! Thank you Jesus. Now direct me to a lawyer please!!!!”

But in another post, Elliott, wrote, in part: “My mama over did it…not once did I beg for my life or tell her I thought I was (going to) die…”

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When contacted by this news outlet, Elliott said: “Nothing happened.” Then he hung up the phone.

His girlfriend, who was with Elliott, also refused to comment on the phone.

Later, Elliott contacted this news outlet, at the urging of his mother, he said.

He said the officer was “very forceful” during the arrest.

Tatum said she wished she never posted anything on social media about the incident. Still, she’s seeking a lawyer because she wants to see if there’s a video available of the arrest.

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During the alleged incident, Tatum said her son asked his girlfriend to “record” what the police were doing. Instead, the girlfriend called Tatum, crying and saying police were “abusing” her son.

“He’s not some angel,” she said. “He’s a 19-year-old black boy who has issues. Thank God he’s alive.”

Tatum said she has talked to her son and told him to obey commands from police. He should have left the apartment complex as he was instructed by officers, his mother said.

Muterspaw said Tatum, or anyone who has an issue with alleged officer misconduct, should meet with him, and if they don’t trust police, they are welcome to bring a lawyer or pastor to the meeting. He said his department is “open and transparent.” Muterspaw also contacted the NAACP, Citizens Advisory Board, and the Black Ministerial Alliance to make them aware of the investigation.

He said Tatum left out “10 times the facts” in her social media post that was shared more than 1,000 times.

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Muterspaw said that around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Holly Owens was dispatched to a disturbance at Trinity Place Apartments. A woman who lived there told police that she didn’t want to file charges but she wanted Elliott, 19, of Cincinnati, to leave the complex.

Officers stood by while Elliott left the complex, according to Muterspaw.

Later that same day, police were called after the woman said Elliott had returned and started a fight with her before she escaped the apartment and went to the clubhouse and called the police.

She told the officers Elliott was pushing her around, Muterspaw said, but didn’t want to file charges.

The apartment management also told police they wanted Elliott trespassed off the property.

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Police then responded to the apartment for a third disturbance. This time, Officer Jordan Wagers was talking to the complainant and she went back inside the apartment to get a few things. That’s when the officer heard her scream, according to a police report.

Wagers said the woman ran outside, crying and screaming that Elliott was chasing her. Wagers stopped Elliott and told him to leave the property but he refused, according to the police report.

At that time, Wagers told Elliott he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, but Elliott refused, according to police. He was told several times to comply but he refused, police said.

Wagers then took Elliott to the ground and got him handcuffed, police said.

During the take down, Elliot received scrapes on his face, but declined treatment by medics and the hospital, Muterspaw said.

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Elliott was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

On Friday, Elliott was found guilty of resisting arrest and ordered to stay away from the woman’s apartment, according to court documents.

Muterspaw said Elliott has a history of the following arrests: physical harm to a law enforcement officer (2017), criminal trespass (2017) and two counts of obstructing official business (2017).

Sgt. Earl Nelson and Sgt. Raqib Ahmed both reviewed and signed off on the incident investigation. Maj. David Birk also has approved the use of force by officers during the incident, the chief said.

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